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H.R. 5247 (115th): Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2018

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About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 5247 authorizes the use of eligible investigational drugs by patients who have been diagnosed with certain illnesses, who have exhausted the approved treatment options and are not eligible to participate in a clinical trial.

The bill defines an eligible patient as those with “a stage of a disease or condition in which there is reasonable likelihood that death will occur within a matter of months, or a disease or condition that would result in significant irreversible morbidity that is likely to lead to severely premature death.”

The legislation allows for investigational drugs to be used if they have completed phase 1 of clinical trials, they have not been approved or licensed for any use under the Public Health Service Act, and an application has been filed that is active …

Sponsor and status

Brian Fitzpatrick

Sponsor. Representative for Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Apr 9, 2018
Length: 14 pages
Introduced
Mar 13, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Status
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on March 21, 2018 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).

Cosponsors

44 Cosponsors (43 Republicans, 1 Democrat)

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Position statements

What legislators are saying

Rep. Lamborn Votes for Right to Try
    — Rep. Doug Lamborn [R-CO5] (Co-sponsor) on May 24, 2018

Cramer: right to try act improves treatment options for the terminally ill
    — Sen. Kevin Cramer [R-ND] (Co-sponsor) on May 22, 2018

congresswoman sheila Jackson Lee urges the senate to work across the aisle to help vulnerable citizens and strengthen the right to try act
    — Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18] on Jun 15, 2018

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History

Mar 13, 2018
 
Introduced

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Mar 13, 2018
 
Failed in the House Under Suspension

Passage was attempted under a fast-track procedure called "suspension of the rules." The vote failed, but the bill can be voted on again.

Mar 21, 2018
 
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

H.R. 5247 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 5247. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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